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Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Meet a Donor: Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko

Chorus America's 2018 Commission Consortium Composers

Mike Rowan | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Fundraising, Profile, Repertoire

Each month, Chorus America profiles one of our members in our Meet A Member interview series. To mark the season of giving, we often change things up a little bit for December by speaking with Chorus America donors. This year, we spoke to Hussein Janmohamed and Joan Szymko, the two composers donating compositions for Chorus America’s 2018 Commission Consortiums. Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Morten Lauridsen and His Illuminating Impact

Thomas May | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire

In the last decade of the 20th century, the composer Morten Lauridsen wrote a series of pieces while serving a residency for the Los Angeles Master Chorale that have had a lasting and international impact. This year the choral world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the largest of these milestones, Lux Aeterna. What has given the Lauridsen aesthetic its power to connect and attract? And why does it continue to move performers, composers, and listeners? Read more

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Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Meet A Member: Jean Davidson, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Participation, Profile

Jean Davidson does not have the background of a typical choral administrator. The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) president and CEO took the job—her first in the choral community—after working in theater, contemporary dance, and instrumental music, where she served as the founding managing director of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Read more

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The Heart of Vocal Harmony

The Heart of Vocal Harmony

Emotional Expression in Group Singing

Mike Rowan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, General, Performance, Profile, Sample/Template

Music is an emotional medium, yet we often spend rehearsal time in our choirs focused on notes, rhythms, and precision, rarely addressing the meaning of the music, says arranger and producer Deke Sharon. In the new book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing, Sharon puts the process of delivering an emotionally compelling performance front and center. Read more

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Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Meet A Member: Kirke Mechem, Composer, Author, Librettist

Mike Rowan | Careers, Composing/Commissioning, Education, History, Profile

At 91, Kansas-born Kirke Mechem has often been called “the dean of American choral composers.” That does not mean he is slowing down, however. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Noteworthy: A Reminder that "Art Should Not Always Be Comfortable"

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

A powerful piece based on the dying words of African-American men killed in police encounters is an opportunity to reflect on universal issues of love, loss, and our shared humanity. Read more

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Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Noteworthy: A Piece With Exquisite Text Painting

Don Lee | Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

The subtle details of Christopher Marshall's Elegy for a City Railyard require great time and effort to master, says Magen Solomon of San Francisco Choral Artists and the San Francisco Bach Choir, but the investment yields a richly evocative sensory experience that is absolutely worth it. Read more

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Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Commissioning Journeys: When the Place Shapes the Music

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Performance, Venue

With the 2015 premiere of TURBINE, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia helped celebrate a unique cultural landmark and its vital role in the history of the city. Read more

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Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Noteworthy: An SSAA Adaptation as Beautiful as the Original Voicing

Don Lee | Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Repertoire

SATB pieces do not always make for equally successful SSAA versions, notes Portland Symphonic Girlchoir founding artistic and executive director Roberta Q. Jackson, but she has found a gem in this David C. Dickau adaptation for women's voices. Read more

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Resources

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Rediscovery of Zakaria Paliashvili’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire, Research/Data

This issue of the American Choral Review looks at composer Zakaria Paliashvili's setting of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Co-authors John A. Graham and Parker Jayne explore Paliashvili's Georgian influences and how his version fell into obscurity after the Russain Revolution. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire

Research Memorandum Series No. 204 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 and 203, also providing insight into the work of David Hamilton, a prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Benjamin Britten Centenary Articles

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire

In celebration of the Britten centennial in 2013, this issue of American Choral Review features two articles on the music of Benjamin Britten: distinguished scholar Alfred Whittall offers reflections on the composer’s choral writing, and co-authors Thomas Folan and Nancy S. Niemi explore issues of identity in Britten’s Cantata Academica. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 203 This article is a companion to Research Memorandum Series No. 202 Winter 2012/13, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble”, also providing insight into the work of this prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Read more

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The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

The Choral Works of Hamish MacCunn (1868–1916)

Jennifer Oates | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, History, Performance, Repertoire, Research/Data, Singing

This issue provides insight into the music of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer, conductor, and teacher. Jennifer Oates gives us a complete listing of MacCunn's choral works, including audio file examples. Read more

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David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing

Research Memorandum Series No. 202 This issue provides insight into the music of David Hamilton, prolific composer and music educator from New Zealand. Jennifer Morgan Flory gives us a complete listing of Hamilton's works for choir and intstrumental ensemble. Read more

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28 American Master Choral Composers

28 American Master Choral Composers

A Repertoire and Recording Listing to Support NEA's American Masterpieces

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Government/Policy, Repertoire

Celebrating America's greatest choral composers, this publication provides repertoire and recording lists for 28 composers from Billings to Whitacre. Read more

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Commissioning Timeline

Commissioning Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Operations, Sample/Template

Commissioning a new work? Follow this two-year timeline to help plot out which steps you should take when. This timeline is appropriate for a work that does not involve complicated instrumental requirements or multiple movements. Read more

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The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

The Choral Music of Ruth Watson Henderson

Chorus America Staff | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Repertoire, Research/Data

Research Memorandum Series No. 198 Read more

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Events

The Eastern Star - Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert

The Eastern Star - Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert

Melrose Park, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Performance

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present The Eastern Star on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:00pm, at  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email info@OakParkConcertChorale.org. For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.   Join OPCC for an evening of choral gems to herald the Christmas Season. This exciting concert highlights the work of seven Chicago area composers. Featured will be the premiere of new compositions by Harvey Hahn (Cary) and Rowen Bell (Oak Park). Pieces by Carl Schalk (Melrose Park), Paul Bouman (Oak Park), Paul Lindblad (Des Plaines), the late Richard Hillert (Melrose Park), and the late Victor Hildner (Oak Park) will also be showcased.   Come celebrate with us. Read more

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MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY - FREE Community Concert

MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY - FREE Community Concert

817 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

Music can inspire us to be the change we wish to see.  It unites us through common cause, uplifts us in times of need, and is our call to action. Music is as much personal as it is universal. Join us as we shine a spotlight on human rights, the plight of children in need and the fight against cancer.  This concert is not only a reflection of the struggles we face in the world, it is also a realization of the beauty and strength we find as we strive to create a better world.  This concert features a new commission by David O with text by Larissa FastHorse - sponsored by Vox alumna Donna Burroughs.  This performance is made possible in part by grants from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - YOUTH & MUSIC - 2015 New Choral Creators

Vancouver Chamber Choir - YOUTH & MUSIC - 2015 New Choral Creators

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

Our 44th season draws to a close in the most delightful way with our 12th biennial Young Composers’ Competition and the exciting Youth & Music event that has grown up around it. We will hear our new associate ensemble Vancouver Youth Choir conducted by Carrie Tennant, will premiere new compositions by outstanding previous winners of the competition and will wind things up with music by our ever-youthful British composer friend, Bob Chilcott. Stephen Smith joins us at the piano.     Vancouver Chamber Choir Vancouver Youth Choir, Carrie Tennant, conductor Stephen Smith, piano Jon Washburn, conductor   Bob Chilcott - Aesop’s Fables Premieres of newly commissioned works by competition winners The finalist compositions in the 2015 Young Composers’ Competition   Purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir     Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - FAURÉ REQUIEM The Good Friday Concert

Vancouver Chamber Choir - FAURÉ REQUIEM The Good Friday Concert

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

Our annual Good Friday concert highlights the Fauré Requiem - one of the landmark works of the 19th century - performed in the composer’s original orchestration based on the warm sound of violas. There are also two very special Baroque works - the touching Seven Last Words from the Cross of the German master Heinrich Schütz and the tragic story of Jephtha’s Daughter by his Italian counterpart Giacomo Carissimi. (This includes one of the greatest lamentations of all time.) Featuring the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pacifica Singers, Vancouver Youth Choir, Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and soloists.   Vancouver Chamber Choir & Orchestra Pacifica Singers Vancouver Youth Choir Soloists Jon Washburn, conductor   Repertoire Heinrich Schütz - Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz Giacomo Carissimi - Historia de Jephte Gabriel Fauré - Requiem   Purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir&q=Vancouver+Chamber+Choir       Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vancouver Chamber Choir - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Composing/Commissioning, Education, Families, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Singing

A repeat of A Charlie Brown Christmas from last year, with actors Peter Carlone, Pippa Johnstone and John Voth plus jazz duo Michael Creber and Jodi Proznick. Also a special guest appearance of our new associate ensemble, the Vancouver Youth Choir conducted by Carrie Tennant.   Repertoire includes Charles Schultz A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi and others Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Gaudete omnes, Giovanni Gabrieli O magnum mysterium, Michael Praetorius Ein Kindelein so löbelich, Derek Holman Make we joy now in this feast, The Flower of Jesse, Mary is a Lady bright, Ola Gjeilo Away in a Manger and The holly and the ivy.   Vancouver Chamber Choir Peter Carlone, actor Pippa Johnstone, actor John Voth, actor Michael Creber, piano Jodi Proznick, bass Vancouver Youth Choir, Carrie Tennant, conductor Jon Washburn, conductor   Charles Schultz - A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi and others - Music for A Charlie Brown Christmas Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck - Gaudete omnes Giovanni Gabrieli - O magnum mysterium Michael Praetorius - Ein Kindelein so löbelich Derek Holman - Make we joy now in this feast Derek Holman - The Flower of Jesse Derek Holman - Mary is a Lady bright Ola Gjeilo - Away in a Manger Ola Gjeilo - The holly and the ivy Read more

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NYCC Fall Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process

NYCC Fall Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Cathy Fischer -... | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning

Choral Karma - Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up! Is the marketing process or the idea of social media weighing you down? Don't know where to start or why those things you've tried aren't working? Need to expand your audience past the friends and family market, but don't know how? We all need some NYC "Choral Karma." Our expert clinician will lead a rousing discussion using a unique crowd-sourcing technique for revealing ideas and share expert tips and planning strategies for effective marketing of our choral music concerts here in NYC. Let's figure out how to get our music in the ears and hearts of every New Yorker!  The Commissioning Process   Have you always wanted to commission a new work for your choir, but worried that the process would be daunting or difficult for you or your singers? Let your friends at NYCC set your mind at ease. Hear the stories, the do's and don'ts, and get expert inside tips for successful collaborations between composers and choral conductors. A panel of distinguished artists from all sides of the spectrum will pave the way for your next (or first!) exciting project bringing new music to life for the first time! We'll even include a comprehensive info packet to help you get started! Read more

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MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY

MUSIC: A MIRROR OF OUR HUMANITY

540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, CA News, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Repertoire, Schools, Singing, Venue

Music can inspire us to be the change we wish to see.  It unites us through common cause, uplifts us in times of need, and is our call to action. Music is as much personal as it is universal. Join us as we shine a spotlight on human rights, the plight of children in need and the fight against cancer. This concert is not only a reflection of the struggles we face in the world, it is also a realization of the beauty and strength we find as we strive to create a better world. Read more

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